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Re: [GZG] FT: Modern Naval

From: "Richard Bell" <rlbell.nsuid@g...>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:11:30 -0600
Subject: Re: [GZG] FT: Modern Naval

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 6:53 AM, Doug Evans <> wrote:
> Brian Burger wrote on 07/31/2008 02:45:32 AM:
>> On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 11:52 PM, Richard Bell
> wrote:
>> > On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 5:11 PM, Thomas Pope <>
>> >>
>> >> 2) The pulse combat model.  FT models WWI dreadnought battles
> well.
>> >> It models WWII battles with carriers and screens quite well for a
> space
>> >> game.  In both of those models the combat model is similar.  Ships
> take
>> >> a number of hits from almost any weapon and keep fighting.  In
> contrast, a
>> >> modern warship can maybe take two missile hits before it is a
> kill,
>> >> but I wouldn┬╣t count on it.
>> >>
>> >
>> > I am not entirely sure that FT models WWI naval battles very well.
>> > The dreadnought era has too many really big guns with huge arcs and
>> > lacks a mechanism for modelling plunging fire.  It is really suited
>> > for predreadnought naval battles.	The vessels even had similar
>> > designs to FT ships-- some big guns for long range plinking, some
>> > medium guns for when the range closes, and a light battery to fend
>> > torpedo boats.  Even better, most of the guns only fired in two, or
>> > three arcs.
>> And just like dreadnaughts would munch pre-dreads, a more specialized
>> all-big-gun ship is going to be bad news for the "take one of
>> everything" designs.
>> For examples, see FB1 - the NSL's Maria von B. BB has a *higher*
>> weight (beam dice rolled) than a Von Teg. SDN, which has to be the
>> epitome of the "take one of everything" school of design.
>> A Von T SDN gutted and re-gunned with the MvB's philosophy would be a
>> scary beast indeed, especially if you allowed the design to be
>> vector-specialized (ie narrower firing arcs than most FB ships).
>> There's a similar issue with the NAC's FB1 designs - the Victoria BB
>> outguns everything bigger than it in the NAC line...
> Partially, isn't it because accuracy can be said to fall off linearly
> FT, unless it just represents damage in the case of space ships (beam
> diffusion?)? I thought the all-big gun ships were possible only
because of
> advancements in equipment, techniques, and training regimens allowed
> reaching out and touching someone far, far, away.
> Now that I think of it, using crippled dice, similar to those against
> shields, for the further range bands, suddenly makes sense, for
> pre-dreadnoughts.
>> The ESU's Komarov SDN is the only "all big gun" design there, really.
>> Beam 4 means being able to reach out and touch someone...
> A scary monster that you can still lose if you're careless; been
> done that.
> With only two Beam 4, four Beam 3, and two each of Beam 2 and 1, I
> think it qualifies as ALL big gun...
>> Pre-dread "take a few of everything" design philosophy does seem to
>> rampant in the Fleet Books.
>> Somewhere in my FT notes I have a set of designs where everything
>> to heavy cruisers has B4s jammed into it. Only ran a few of the
>> designs, but they're *fun* - "OK, I have a dozen dice at 48"... yes,
>> know you have nothing that can respond, and your fighters just got
>> eaten by my integrated PDS..."
> I think it's been said many times that FB designs are not optimized,
> best played against each other. I've always inferred there were
> reasons, similar to what suggested above, that could explain them.

My thoughts about the FB1 designs is that none of them are good for
crossing the other fleet's T.  Most lose at least a third of their
firepower when facing targets out of the fore arc.  This is not a
problem when the other fleet also has nose heavy firing arcs and mixed
armament.  However, against an opponent with side firing weapons of
the largest possible class, you have to chase him.  If both styles of
ships only mount the largest possible beam classes, the side heavy
force still has an edge over the nose heavy force.  When the nose
heavy force moves past the side heavy force, it will need to turn
around to bring all of its guns back to bear, but the side heavy force
just rolls.

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